This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 18, 2008
**Through all games of Sun., Feb. 17**
STANDINGS Conference; Overall1. California 14-1, .933; 23-3, .8852. Stanford 13-2, .867; 24-3, .8893. Arizona State 10-4, .714; 16-9, .6404. USC 9-5, .643; 16-9, .64605. UCLA 8-6, .571; 13-12, .5206. Washington 6-8, .429; 11-15, .4237. Oregon 5-10, .333; 11-15, .4238. Arizona 3-11, .214; 9-16, .3609. Oregon State 3-12, .200; 10-16, .38510. Washington State 1-13, .071; 4-21, .160
Thurs., Feb. 14 *(6/6) STANFORD 69, ARIZONA 46Pedersen-18 pts/7 reb; Ibekwe-16 pts/8 reb
*(9/9) CALIFORNIA 70, ARIZONA STATE 60Hampton-21 pts/12 reb; Noe-16 pts/4 reb
Fri., Feb. 15*WASHINGTON 61, OREGON 60McLellan-14 pts/4 reb; Canepa-12 pts/5 reb
*WASHINGTON STATE 56, OREGON STATE 52Coates-18 pts/11 reb; Allen-25 pts/4 reb
Sat., Feb. 16*(9/9) CALIFORNIA 66, ARIZONA 45Walker-24 pts/9 reb; Njonkou-10 pts/12 reb
*(6/6) STANFORD 79, ARIZONA STATE 57Wiggins-23 pts/5 stl; Simon-13 pts/14 mins
Sun., Feb. 17*OREGON 70, WASHINGTON STATE 67Lilley-20 pts/5 ast; Williams-19 pts/8-9 FG
*WASHINGTON 58, OREGON STATE 53Redmon-13 pts/4 reb; Futch-13 pts/5 reb
*USC 49, UCLA 36Parker-18 pts/10 reb; Henderson-7 pts
FEBRUARY (rankings as of Feb. 18/12)
Thurs., Feb. 21 *UCLA at OREGON STATE7 p.m. PTSeries: 28-15 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 74-70 (UCLA)Streak: UCLA 2
*USC at OREGON7 p.m. PTSeries: 27-16 (USC)Last Meeting: 46-42 (USC)Streak: USC 1
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA7 p.m. MTSeries: 30-15 (WASH)Last Meeting: 74-59 (WASH)Streak: WASH 6
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE6:30 p.m. MTSeries: 31-12 (ASU)Last Meeting: 59-40 (ASU)Streak: ASU 7
Sat., Feb. 23*(7/6) STANFORD at (8/9) CALIFORNIA (FSN)1 p.m. PTSeries: 41-5 (STAN)Last Meeting: 72-52 (STAN)Streak: STAN 1
*UCLA at OREGON2 p.m. PTSeries: 23-21 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 63-59 (UCLA)Streak: UCLA 1
*USC at OREGON STATE7 p.m. PTSeries: 30-14 (USC)Last Meeting: 59-47 (USC)Streak: USC 3
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA2 p.m. MTSeries: 25-18 (ARIZ)Last Meeting: 73-63 (ARIZ)Streak: ARIZ 3
Sun., Feb. 24*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE (FSN)12:30 p.m. MTSeries: 26-17 (WASH)Last Meeting: 68-62 (ASU)Streak: ASU 6
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES
This Saturday is a big one as No. 1 vs. No. 2 pits CALIFORNIA against STANFORD for a rematch of the 'Battle of the Bay' ... Much is at stake, including a potential Pac-10 championship as the Golden Bears hold a one-game advantage (14-1) over the Cardinal (13-2) ... The 1 p.m. tip from Haas Pavilion will feature the two top-rated defenses in the Conference, as well as two of the top three scorers in the league in Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins (19.4, 1st) and California JR F/C Ashley Walker (16.0, 3rd) ... Stanford claimed the first round matchup, 72-52, and holds the all-time series advantage at 41-5 ... California has never won a Pac-10 championship ... Stanford is the seven-time defending champion, with 16 titles all-told ... Regardless of who wins this weekend, the Bay Area teams must hit the road for two final regular-season tests with WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE over the last weekend of February.
Dating back to the 1986-87 season when the Pac-10 officially recognized women's basketball as a Conference sport, Stanford has captured 16 Pac-10 championships, 13 more than the next closest team (including shared titles) ... Washington sits in second with three, while USC and OREGON have both earned two ... ARIZONA STATE, UCLA and ARIZONA have each claimed one title ... The last team, other than Stanford, to win a Pac-10 crown was in 2003-04 when the Wildcats went 14-4 to share the league championship with none other than the Cardinal.
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins scored 39 points over the weekend to move into second place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring charts ... Wiggins now has 2,365 career points and needs just 50 points to break the Pac-10 record of 2,414 set by USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94) ... With four 3-pointers made, Wiggins also moved into second place on the Pac-10 career charts for career 3-pointers made (259) ... She needs 27 more buckets from long range to break the all-time record of 285 set by Arizona's Lisa Griffith (1997-2000).
The Sat., March 1 game featuring Arizona State at USC has been picked up for television, as Fox Sports Net will produce its final regular-season game of the 2007-08 season ... The Sun Devils and Trojans played to a close 66-63 game that saw ASU squeak out the victory in Tempe ... FSN will then join the Pac-10 in San Jose for the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament as it will televise both semifinal games, as well as Monday's championship bout on March 10 ... Jim Watson will call play-by-play, Mary Murphy will serve as the color analyst and Lindsey Soto will head up the sideline duties.
The 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament will take place March 7-10, 2008 at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, with the winner receiving the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (408) 998-8497, or through the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.
As teams at the top are hoping to position themselves for a 2007-08 championship, others are looking to better their Tournament seeds for the showdown in San Jose ... The Pac-10 Tournament's Friday night play-in games will feature No. 7 vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9 ... Saturday will see No. 3 vs. No. 6, the game one winner vs. No. 2, the game two winner vs. No. 1 and then finally No. 4 vs. No. 5.TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (9-16, 3-11)
Last Week: L, Stanford (69-46); L, California (66-45)
This Week: Washington (2/21); Washington State (2/23)
JR F Amina Njonkou averaged 12 points and nine rebounds, but Arizona could not come up with a win on the road this weekend, falling to No. 6 Stanford, 69-46, and No. 9 California, 66-45 ... Njonkou scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, seven of which were offensive, in Saturday's game to post her 10th double-double of the year to rank second in the Conference ... Njonkou ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a 13.4 scoring average, while also ranking fifth with an even .500 field goal percentage ... Arizona is looking to better its win column this weekend when it takes on Washington, Thurs., Feb. 21 and Washington State, Sat., Feb. 23 in Tucson ... The Wildcats split this road trip earlier in the season, claiming a 73-63 win over the Cougars on Jan. 24 ... UA has three Conference wins on the season, and needs just two more victories to better last year's four league wins.
ARIZONA STATE (16-9, 10-4)
Last Week: L, California (70-60); L, Stanford (79-57)
This Week: Washington State (2/21); Washington (2/24)
Arizona State went 0-2 on its most recent road trip, dropping its first two Pac-10 away games on the season ... The Sun Devils took on two Top-10 teams, getting defeated by No. 9 California, 70-60, and by No. 6 Stanford, 79-57 ... The Sun Devils had a balanced scoring attack as six different players reached double-digit scoring over the two-game stretch ... JR C Sybil Dosty averaged 10 points and 8.5 rebounds, picking up her third double-double of the year in a 10-point, 11-rebound effort on Thursday night ... GRAD G Jill Noe looks to be finding her shot once again as she led the team with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting against Cal ... ASU forced the Bears into 22 turnovers off of nine steals, but was outrebounded 42-29 and 19-11 on the offensive glass ... The Sun Devils have a big four-game stretch as they position themselves for postseason play ... The team will host Washington State, Thurs., Feb. 21 and Washington, Sun., Feb. 24 in Tempe ... ASU is 10-4 at home this season ... The Sun Devils' Sat., March 1 game at USC was picked up for the Fox Sports Net wildcard time slot.
CALIFORNIA (23-3, 14-1)
Last Week: W, Arizona State (70-60); W, Arizona (66-45)
This Week: Stanford (2/23)
With its 70-60 win over Arizona State on Thursday, and its 66-45 win over Arizona on Saturday, California earned the most Pac-10 wins in school history (14), surpassing the previous best of 12, and brought the Bears to within one win of tying the school record of 24 ... Cal is currently 23-3 and holds a one-game lead over Stanford heading into its rematch with the Cardinal, Sat., Feb. 23 at Haas Pavilion ... JR F/C Ashley Walker and JR F/C Devanei Hampton combined for 78 of Cal's 136 points over the weekend ... Against Arizona, Walker tallied 16 of her game-high 24 points in the first half ... Hampton recorded back-to-back double-doubles, including a 21-point, 12-rebound effort against the Sun Devils ... It is Walker, however, who paces the Pac-10 with 11 double-doubles on the season ... The Bears and Cardinal, ranked 1-2 in the Pac-10 standings, also lead the league in many of the statistical categories ... Cal's 52.8 scoring defense, betters Stanford's 56.9, but the Cardinal average 75.9 points on the offensive end, while the Bears average exactly 10 points less (65.9) ... Cal also outrebounds its opponents by an average of +8.5 to rank first in the league, but Stanford is close behind at +7.9 (2nd).
OREGON (11-15, 5-10)
Last Week: L, Washington (61-60); W, Washington State (70-67)
This Week: USC (2/21); UCLA (2/23)
Oregon snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 70-67 win over Washington State in Pullman on Sunday ... SO G Taylor Lilley broke the 20-point plateau for the first time in four games, sinking 4-of-9 buckets from beyond the arc to earn 12 of her game-high 20 points ... As a team, the Ducks shot 54.5% from long-range (12-of-22), as SO G Micaela Cocks and SR G Kaela Chapdelaine also combined for a 7-for-11 mark from 3-point range ... Oregon's 70 points were the most for the team since a 76-72 victory at Oregon State on Dec. 29 ... The three-point win marked UO's first in its last six games decided by five points or less ... The Ducks lost five games to UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington by just a combined 15 points ... UO returns home this week to host the Women of Troy, Thurs., Feb 21 and the Bruins, Sat., Feb. 23 ... Including these two games, Oregon plays its final three at Mac Court.
OREGON STATE (10-16, 3-12)
Last Week: L, Washington State (56-52); L, Washington (58-53)
This Week: UCLA (2/21); USC (2/23)
Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum this week for two games against UCLA and USC, on Thurs., Feb. 21 and Sat., Feb. 23, respectively ... The Beavers are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak ... Both of its losses over the weekend came by five points or less ... In fact, seven of the eight losses have been decided by 12 points or less, including two matchups against Top-10 teams ... SR G Ashley Allen scored 25 points, including a 5-for-10 mark from 3-point range against the Cougars ... It was her ninth game this season above the 20-point plateau, which ranks second among all Pac-10 players ... Three players reached double figures in Sunday's game against Washington, as OSU rallied for a near win after facing a 20-point second-half deficit ... SO G Julie Futch scored a career-high 13 points in the contest ... She also added five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes off the bench ... The Beavers' two games in Corvallis will mark their final regular-season home games ... The team will travel to Eugene for a Sat., March 1 game with Oregon.
STANFORD (24-3, 13-2)
Last Week: W, Arizona (69-46); W, Arizona State (79-57)
This Week: @ California (2/23)
Stanford defeated its last two opponents by an average of 22.5 points, taking care of Arizona, 69-46 on Thursday, and Arizona State, 79-57 on Saturday ... The Cardinal own a 24-3 overall record, but sit in second place in the Pac-10 with a 13-2 league record ... SO C Janye Appel helped Stanford extend its season-best winning streak to 12 games by averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, on top of 5.50 assists, 3.00 steals, and 1.50 blocks per game ... For the week, Appel shot 59.1% (13-for-22) from the floor ... SR G Candice Wiggins moved into second place on the Pac-10 career scoring charts (2,365) and second place on the Pac-10 career 3-point field goals made chart (259) ... The Cardinal will take on first-place California on Sat., Feb. 23 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley ... The Cardinal claimed the first meeting between the two, 72-52 ... Stanford will be playing without JR F Jillian Harmon, who is out 2-3 weeks with a stress reaction in her foot ... The role player finished the first round game against the Bears with just four points and three boards, but will be sorely missed as she brings so many intangibles to the table.
UCLA (13-12, 8-6)
Last Week: L, USC (49-36)
This Week: @ Oregon State (2/21); @ Oregon (2/23)
UCLA played on Sunday afternoon in front of 8,013 fans, the fourth-largest women's crowd in Pauley Pavilion history, but could not come away with the win as USC bested the Bruins, 49-36 ... UCLA drops to 8-6 in the Conference, and fifth-place in the Pac-10 standings ... JR G Tierra Henderson led UCLA with seven points ... She added two rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes played ... Eight different Bruins scored in the contest, as the team outrebounded the Women of Troy, 46-42 ... The Bruins honored the 1978 national championship women's basketball team at halftime ... The players and staff from that squad received rings to commemorate their Mar. 25, 1978 AIAW title win over Maryland ... UCLA looks to get back in the win column as it travels to the state of Oregon for contests against the Beavers, Thurs., Feb. 21 and Ducks, Sat., Feb. 23 ... The Bruins are 3-4 in all Pac-10 road games this season.
USC (16-9, 9-5)
Last Week: W, UCLA (49-36)
This Week: @ Oregon (2/21); @ Oregon State (2/23)
For the seventh straight game in the series, USC beat UCLA, 49-36 on Sunday, to improve to 16-9 overall, and 9-5 in the Pac-10 for sole possession of fourth place in the Conference ... JR C Nadia Parker recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds ... Defensively, she had some big blocks and stops for the Trojans as they held UCLA to its lowest point total in program history ... The Bruins came into the game as one of the top scoring teams in the Conference, but the Women of Troy held them to just 13-for-57 (.228) for the game ... JR G Camille LeNoir also reached double digits as she scored 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting ... LeNoir added seven assists, four steals and did not commit a turnover ... The Trojans hit the road this week to face Oregon, Thurs., Feb. 21 and Oregon State, Sat., Feb. 23 for their final regular-season road games of 2007-08 ... USC, ranked as high as 55th in this week's Sagarin RPI list, needs to finish out the season strong to further its case for an NCAA at-large bid ... The Trojans' Sat., March 1 game against ASU was picked up for the Fox Sports Net wildcard time slot.
WASHINGTON (11-15, 6-8)
Last Week: W, Oregon (61-60); W, Oregon State (58-53)
This Week: @ Arizona (2/21); @ Arizona State (2/24)
For the first time this season, Washington swept a Pac-10 homestand, this time defeating Oregon, 61-60 on Friday, and Oregon State, 58-53 on Sunday ... The Huskies improve to 11-15 overall, 6-8 in the Conference for sixth place ... SO G Sami Whitcomb was a huge factor in Washington's win over the Ducks ... The Huskies took a 61-58 lead late in the game, following five straight points from Whitcomb, who sank a three pointer followed by a steal, and then two made free-throws ... She ended the game with her third-straight double-figure scoring effort (13 points), while adding four assists, four rebounds and three steals ... The Huskies, winners of four of their last six games, will head to the desert this week to face Arizona, Thurs., Feb. 21, and Arizona State, Sun., Feb. 24 ... The game with the Sun Devils will be televised live on FSN.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-21, 1-13)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (56-52); L, Oregon (70-67)
This Week: @ Arizona State (2/21); @ Arizona (2/23)
With a 56-52 decision over Oregon State on Friday, Washington State head coach June Daugherty won her first Pac-10 game of the 2007-08 season, and first at the helm of the Cougar program ... JR F/C Heather Molzen and JR C Ebonee Coates each recorded the first double-doubles of their career, as Molzen worked a 10-point, 10-board night and Coates scored a career-high 18 points, and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds ... In Sunday's tough three-point loss to Oregon, 70-67, Coates pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, and nearly missed a second consecutive double-double by adding nine points ... The rebounding efforts were the second and third double-digit rebounding games of the season ... She also recorded three blocks, four assists and a steal ... Washington State looks to keep up its winning ways with a road trip to the desert this weekend to face Arizona State, Thurs., Feb. 21 and Arizona, Sat., Feb. 23 ... WSU has not won in Tempe since Jan. 30, 1997 (86-78), and has not won in Tucson since Jan. 8, 1998 (64-61).